Starchild: Malaysian kids share drawings about their island adventures

Haley Khoo, 6

Recently Starchild asked readers to submit their letters on the topic, Alone on An Island. We asked children to name five items they’d like to have with them if they were stranded on a deserted island. Here’s what they had to say.

Chuah Seng Koon, 7Chuah Seng Koon, 7

“If I were to be stuck on a deserted island, I would need an axe to cut wood and a few empty bottles. The bottles would be used to collect rainwater for drinking. If there were coconut trees, I would climb the tree and pluck coconuts. I could drink the coconut water and eat the flesh too. Hence, I would be able to survive on the abandoned island till rescue comes,” writes Chuah Seng Koon, seven.

Lim Sheng Hao, nine, wants a machete, flare gun, compass, firestarter and fishing rod, if he’s stranded on an island. “I would use the machete to hunt food and protect myself. The fire starter could be used to cook food and boil water. I will use the fishing rod to catch fish. Lastly, the flare gun could be used to give signals to nearby ships to save me.”

Lim Sheng Hao, 9Lim Sheng Hao, 9

“If I were stranded on an island, I would need an axe, lots of water, food, clothing and oars. The axe would be used to cut down coconut trees. The tree trunk would be used to build a boat. I can drink coconut water. I will use to boat and oars to sail back to home,” says Wong Cheng Yang, nine.

Lim Cheng Yang, 9Lim Cheng Yang, 9

Wong Jie Ern, 7Wong Jie Ern, 7

“I would need some wood to make a boat or raft, and oars. I would also need water and food to survive. During my free time, I will make some toys using driftwood,” says Wong Jie Ern, seven.

“If I am stranded on an island, I would need five things to escape the deserted island. The items are cloth, silk scarf, wood, food and water. I will use these items to make a sail boat,” says Abigail Khor, six.

Abigail Khor, 6Abigail Khor, 6

“Toys would help me to pass my time. I need food and water to stay alive. I would need wood and an axe to build a hut. I would build a wooden boat to leave the island. Hopefully I can reach home safely to watch my favourite TV programmes,” says Ch’ng Sam Quinn, six.

Saw Yan Wei, 6Saw Yan Wei, 6

Saw Yan Wei, six, writes: “Oh no! I am stranded in the middle of an island. I need wood, plastic bottles, an axe, two paddles and cloth so that I can build a boat to sail home safely.”

“I need a few things to save myself, if I’m stranded on a deserted island. I need a lot of wood and plastic bottles to make a small raft. I need a jersey shirt to make a sail. I also need food and water to survive,” says Lee Yue Chen, six.

Lee Yue Chen, 6Lee Yue Chen, 6

Six-year-old Haley Khoo wants her family to be with her on a deserted island. “We can do things together like find food, cook and play. I want my books too, so I can read it when I feel bored. A fan can keep me cool when it gets hot and to keep the mosquitoes away. And water, because humans can live for weeks without food, but only a few days without water.”

ITEM: International Women’s Day celebrated annually on March 8 to honour the achievements of women and promote women’s rights. Who are some of the confident and courageous women you look up to? Could it be your mother, teacher or grandmother? Are there any women leaders you admire? Perhaps a female celebrity that you admire for her talent? Share your letters and don’t forget a drawing.

Email your contributions to by Feb 03.

Please put “STARCHILD: Women Do Wonders” in the subject line of your email. Scanned drawings should be in jpeg format, with a resolution of 200 dpi. Your contributions must carry your full name, age (open to children aged 12 and below only), gender, phone contact, and address.

Instead of handwritten letters, please type out your letters.

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